Promising up and coming sprinter Monica Korowi left for the United States today to join the track team at WmCarey University in Hattiesburg Mississippi whilst studying Health Information Management.
It was at the Oceania Under 18 Championships in Townsville in June 2019 where Korowi established herself as a quality sprinter after being identified by Athletics PNG at its Pacific Games selection trials in March 2019 . She won the bronze medal in both 100m and 200m, clocking times of 12.84 and 26.47 secs respectively in the process . After missing out on selection for further studies the 18 year old turned her attention last year to seeking alternative ways of furthering her education, and with the assistance of Athletics PNG, connected with WmCarey University. “The covid 19 pandemic has created a very challenging environment for everyone, but it has also created some opportunities for our athletes” said APNG President Tony Green. “Monica will be receiving a scholarship which will go a long way towards covering her tuition costs. Its not a full scholarship, but Monica has not had the opportunity to compete and prove her ability so it is really a very good offer and we are very grateful to Sprints and Hurdles Coach Malcolm Dias for the confidence he is showing in Monica by giving her this opportunity.”
National 100m hurdles champion and former US Collegiate athlete Adrine Monagi has been assisting Korowi with her training for the past few months and is very pleased with her preparations for what will be a life changing experience. “Monica has been consistently running sub 8 seconds for the 60m in her trials, said Monagi